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10 Months post Nephrectomy

I had an appointment with my GP today following an ultrasound scan a couple of weeks ago. Aside from the fact I have been writing this blog for the past 10 months, I do still find it difficult to talk about my kidney cancer openly, more so I don’t like discussing detail. Therefore I am not going to fill you in on the why’s and wherefore’s of my latest investigations other than to say it was a bit more than I bargained for and involved something that resembled the microphone Terry Wogan used in Blankety Blank! Thankfully there was nothing unusual to report from this ultrasound and I will not be filling in any blanks as to where and why. I  discussed the continuing back pain with my GP and have been prescribed Gabapentin and although my doctor explained very well what these would do I’m afraid I can’t relay this information exactly as I’d probably get it wrong. It is something to do with the nerves transmitting pain I think…either way I’ll give them a go albeit reluctantly as I’m not a fan of tablets of any kind. So, 10 months post surgery and how do I feel? If you ask me this generally I will say fine just have some continuing back pain that’s being investigated. If I answer honestly I can tell you it’s starting to get me down. My left side where the scar is still feels mostly numb and tingly to touch, the doctor said that nerve damage due to surgery means this may not get much better but that this was unavoidable which I understand. Beneath the scarring it is still tender, this I found out when the doctor examined me. I generally don’t touch it if I can help it and definitely don’t apply pressure as it’s still uncomfortable if I wear tighter clothing. Also, I still can’t lie on that side. On my right side I have this uncomfortable back pain in my kidney area (hence initial worries…) It is worse when I am sitting/kneeling/bending and varies from mild ache to quite painful throbbing. More recently I have developed a pain just underneath my right rib, again worse when sitting/bending and this is almost constant but not major it’s more uncomfortable. Occasionally though it becomes a sharp shooting pain. This right sided pain could very possibly be unconnected to the kidney cancer, it’s only because it’s developed since surgery that the two are compared. The day after my surgery I was told I had to get out of bed and walk – I did. This was possibly one of the most painful and frightening memories I have of hospital as I felt I had to do as I was told but the pain was unbearable. Following this the cathater was removed and I therefore had to walk to the bathroom – again incredibly painful. I have vivid memories of trying to walk following surgery and every time was a painful experience, this went on for some weeks. Now it does seem logical to presume that in order to compensate for the pain on my left side I put more weight on my right? I think I even wrote in this blog that I had a lopsided gait for a while. Maybe this is the root cause of the back pain I now have, either way I just want it to go – without drugs. I am doing the McKenzie exercises still and added yoga to this. I walk at least 2 miles a day or more and am generally very active which is good. I just can’t sit still! Next week I see my new consultant who presumably now has all my information transferred from Heartlands and so will be better informed in which case, so will I. Till next time.


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